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The Brain as a Control Centre

Human Brain Mapping: zytoarchitektonische Wahrscheinlichkeitskarten

A Map of the Brain

The brain is the foundation of behaviour and all mental activity. In humans, more than 50 billion neurons communicate with each other, forming a network of unimaginable complexity. At Forschungszentrum Jülich, scientists from various disciplines create a multi-dimensional virtual human brain that records structural aspects ranging from the molecule up to the complex system of functions in a spatial context.

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3-D-Rekonstruktion eines Dendritenabschnitts (blau) mit zwei kontaktbildenden Synapsen (oliv), die synaptische Vesikel (hellgrün) beinhalten.

Signal Transduction in the Brain

The brain is made up of over 50 billion neurons. Among these neurons, there is a lively exchange of information. Sensory input is received, cognitive and emotional processes are coordinated, impressions are stored and orders given. This requires highly complex information strategies and paths. At Jülich, researchers are investigating molecular structures and neurotransmitters that play crucial roles in this information network. Their aim is to understand the way a healthy brain works and use this insight for the early detection of pathological changes and development of treatments.

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Tools of Brain Research

Just as telescopes allow us to examine distant galaxies and microscopes reveal the world of the microcosm, the devices used by brain researchers show the structures and functions of the brain. To this end, there are methods for showing the inside of this vital organ without requiring surgery or anaesthesia.

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